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The State of a Brahma Jnani
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:43:26 AM »
Nidimusili Balarama Reddiar, (1908-1995), came to Bhagavan Ramana in the year 1933, at the young age of 25.  He was already
having a spiritual outlook and had some yogic practice in Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.  However, he did not find full
satisfaction and came to Bhagavan Ramana.  He permanently settled down in the Asramam, from 1937. 

Once he showed a verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, where the state
of a Brahma Jnani is equated to that of a stone-drunk man.  Bhagavan Ramana took great interest in that poem and within a
day, translated that in Tamil verse and in Telugu verse.  Balarama
Reddiar became extremely happy with Bhagavan with this incident.
He even asked Reddiar to see it and correct it, if necessary.  Balarama Reddiar found no corrections were required.
The poem reads as under:-

The Brahma Jnani who has conquered his body-consciousness, whether he stays at a place, stands or moves around, and when
even he has to do some work or not, he shall remain in that state of bodyless consciousness, fully merged in the Self.  He will be like a drunkard totally drunk, who will not bother whether his robes are on the body or have fallen off.

Balarama Reddiar never believed in the concept that a yogi trained in the ways of Sri Aurobindo can conquer senility and death for ever.  When Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni passed away in 1936, Kapali Sastri cried uncontrollably and even told that if Ganapati Sastri had lived with Sri Aurobindo, he would not have died.  Balarama Reddiar was laughing within himself at this stupidity.

In fact, Bhagavan Ramana's kind words about Kavyakanta that He
would not see any such person of great scholarship and love in future.  These words of Bhagavan Ramana pleased Balarama Reddiar, and found them to be more meaningful than mere crying over the demise of Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri.

(Source:  Sri Ramana Mathuraanubhavam, Balarama Reddiar.)

Arunachala Siva.